The family lawyer to George Floyd has described the ugly incident in Minneapolis sad, saying the latest killing of a black man by a police officer, as an “open season on black people”, TMZ reports.
According to the report, Attorney Ben Crump speaking to “TMZ Live” Tuesday expressed the shock, outrage and sadness so many are feeling following Monday night’s brutal incident in which a cop, who was responding to a forgery call, choked off George’s air supply until he died.
The Police Department had released a statement saying no weapons were used during the George Floyd incident, but as Crump points out, that statement doesn’t address the officer’s brutality, and there’s no explanation or justification for what happened anyway. The P.D.’s initial statement seemed to justify the incident, and it appears it was released before the video surfaced.
Of course, the cop responsible for the knee to the neck had a partner during the arrest, and Crump believes that the officer’s actions make him complicit in the killing of George Floyd.
As Crump says this cop also ignored Floyd’s cries and protests from people watching, and didn’t do a thing to help.
Minneapolis PD Chief Medaria Arradondo seems to have reached a similar conclusion on Tuesday afternoon he announced the firing of 4 officers involved in the incident. The officers’ names have not been released yet.
Crump feels it’s long overdue for police officers to be held accountable for their actions or inaction like this, no more benefit of the doubt or obligatory moral high ground given. Listen to how Ben explains it, though he makes a very good point.
Finally, this case is being compared to the death of Eric Garner in 2014 because of the obvious similarities, and Crump says he’s going to try to get Eric’s family in touch with Floyd’s a request made by Eric’s mother.
Along with representing Floyd’s family, Crump is the lawyer for Ahmaud Arbery’s family and he’s a renowned civil rights attorney, who also worked with Trayvon Martin’s family in the past.